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Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe’s approval rating highest in Canada

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WATCH: A new poll has found Saskatchewan’s premier has one of the highest approval ratings. – Mar 3, 2020

Premier Scott Moe’s track record of remaining popular to voters remains intact.

An Angus Reid poll released on March 3 shows he is tied for having the highest approval rating of any provincial leader.

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Both he and Quebec premier Francois Legault sit level with a 58-per cent approval rating.

Moe’s ratings in the Angus Reid poll have been higher than 57 per cent since December 2018.

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“It never hurts for a premier to have at least one ad that says the most popular premier in the country as they go into an election and during the course of an election,” Joe Garcea said.

He added voters generally support premiers who take on Ottawa — something the province has done with items like the carbon tax.

“[Moe is] depicting himself as the defender of the provincial interests,” Garcea said, “and as a result of that I think he’s received both positive profile and positive ratings.”
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The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the province’s appeal on the federally-mandated carbon tax on March 24.

The provincial government will also release its budget on March 18.

Currently, the election is set to take place on Oct. 26, but the premier is reserving the right to call it early.

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The poll was done through an online survey between Feb. 24 and 28.  It took a random sample of more than 5,000 Canadian adults.

Angus Reid says the margin of error is +/- two percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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